Malaysia has banned a concert by the American metal band Lamb of God following accusations from Islamic officials that the group’s work is blasphemous.
The Grammy-nominated band was scheduled to perform in concert in Kuala Lumpur on September 28.
But Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Ministry announced Wednesday that it would not issue a permit because of concerns the performance could infringe on the nation’s religious sensitivities and cultural values.
This decision follows the government-run Department of Islamic Development’s statement last week that the band’s work could lead Muslims astray, partly because the group mixes excerpts from the Koran with heavy metal music.
Lamb of God reacted to the ban with frustration, saying authorities had not studied the content and meaning of its songs carefully enough.
The band announced on its Facebook page that it would continue with the other shows scheduled this month in New Zealand, Australia and Thailand.
“It is very evident (and a bit frustrating) that the groups, parties and powers that have taken the most offence to our music and lyrics, have themselves only made a passing glance at the content and meanings of those songs,” said the statement, adding that over 1,500 tickets had been sold in Malaysia.
This is the second time in less than two years that a popular American act has been banned in Muslim-majority Malaysia for religious reasons. A concert by R&B star Erykah Badu was cancelled on the eve of her performance in February 2012, the government saying a photo of her body art was offensive to Muslims.
The Department of Islamic Development has voiced concerns over some of Lamb of God’s song titles, such as “Walk With Me in Hell”.
Lamb of God has released three albums that reached the top ten of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Image/Google Images